A recently circulating story suggested that Michael Bay had said something to the effect of the next Transformers movie being more serious and less silly, implying he had taken to heart criticisms of the previous three and understood them. Apparently failing to understand that all of this actually constituted a form of semi-positive buzz, Bay has taken to his own website to deny it.
No I did not ‘apologize’ for any Transformers movies. I did not say I shot the last three movies “less cool” than the new fourth installment. I was talking specifically about camera style and tone, of the first movie compared to how I shot the new installment with a very big scale, cinematic style. I was very specific in saying the first Transformers was shot in a ‘generic suburbia’ area, not trying to be cool with any cinematic flashes. I wanted it to feel like this could happen in any backyard in the United States.
He did not go on to add, “Any backyard in the United States, that is, in which average teens look like supermodels, pet chihuahuas wear giant jewelry, and everyone behaves like a broad stereotype. That’s what the suburbs are like, right? Because I can’t see them from my penthouse so I really don’t know.”
He also mentions that you’ll get your first look at Age of Extinction during the Superbowl.